What is SAAC?

Franklin & Marshall College’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of approximately 100 student-athlete representatives. SAAC organizes events to increase community involvement, fundraise, and boost DIP pride.  Through these events, the organization contributes to the local area and enhances the student-athlete experience. SAAC provides athletes the opportunity to further develop valuable leadership skills and become an integral part of the school and Lancaster communities. 

SAAC’s key initiatives include:

Track-or-Treat: an event for youth to trick-or-treat on Halloween night in the safe environment of the College's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.

4L Day: a 4-hour leadership workshop for selected athletes in the Lancaster Lebanon League led by F&M student-athletes and coaches.

TEAMWORK: yearly service project that supports Lancaster City Alliance by sweeping, cleaning up, and collecting litter from the surrounding areas in the community. More than 600 F&M student athletes along with members of Greek clubs, and other students contribute, making it one of F&M’s largest community outreach programs since its establishment in 2004. 

Professor Appreciation Reception: annual event in which athletes invite professors to a reception in appreciation of their support of F&M athletics. 

Brother-Sister Teams: each team is paired with another of the opposite season. Brother-sister teams work together during the Track-or-Treat event and make an effort to support one another throughout the year. 

Concessions: organize concessions for all home games held on Tylus field or in Mayser Gymnasium to support SAAC endeavors. 

Other Events we support include:

  • F&M SLAM
  • Squash ACES
  • Homecoming

SAAC Officers


Doug Kaplan - Tennis

Brett Poniros - Baseball

Vice Presidents 

Jenn Silverman - Field Hockey

Sarah Haddon - Basketball

Emily Wetz - Basketball


Rebecca Swisher - Track


Rebecca Swisher - Track & Field 

Special Events Coordinators 

Evan Friend - Track & Field

Patricia Crigler - Softball

Social Media Chairs

Evan Drapeau - Men’s Tennis

Dulaskshi Elikewela - Squash


All student-athletes and members of the Franklin & Marshall community are welcome to SAAC meetings held every other Tuesday at 11:30 am. 

Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs. 

For more information visit the Centennial Conference SAAC Page or the NCAA SAAC Page.